Musical Doodles

Musical Doodles

In the last couple of weeks, I made a couple of musical doodles to send specifically to my partner in crime, Karlo Keet of Catstar Images. I’ve been sending weekly customized texts to my team members (to keep related and connected individually), so I’ve basically been creating these as an extension of outreach efforts.

So far, the process has basically been (not necessarily in this order):

  • Bust out the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 and write a keyboard riff.
  • Record a vocal line in a ridiculous voice with silly, funny lyrics.
  • Add anything else I want in there (like a drum machine).

I guess you could say these doodles serve a few important functions:

  • It gets me playing the keyboard. I’ve certainly put some hours into it, but I’m not great at it, so this has been a good opportunity to brush up and develop my skills.
  • It takes me out of trying to be a perfectionist. I would say the top barrier between me and releasing more music is linked to that. Even though I released multiple singles in 2016 and 2017 and made bad music on purpose with Compuxor projects, I still catch myself trying to achieve some unattainable ideal at times.
  • It helps me get stuff done quickly. And that’s a nice feeling.

Long term, or maybe soon, I’m thinking about launching a YouTube channel called DAW’s World where I upload my doodles and other random stuff. Then again, I guess I could add it to Compuxor or our new incarnation of the same thing – Borkmeow (the side project of all side projects). Yeah, that probably makes more sense.

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What Are You Afraid to Admit?

What Are You Afraid to Admit?

Chances are this is where you’re due for a breakthrough.

And it’s going to take something to identify whatever is there for you.

And then it’s going to take something to share it with someone. But sharing is essential, because if you don’t admit your inauthenticity to someone else, you’re bound to stay marinating in it.

But when you finally do share your inauthenticity, a great sense of relief and freedom will come over you, and it will be worth it. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

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Weekly Digest: July 24, 2021

Weekly Digest: July 24, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe: July 2021Even as I near the end of publishing daily for 365 days, I felt that the weekly digest was due for a refresh, much the same way Music Entrepreneur HQ was. And so, this is where we find ourselves.

This change was inspired by recent discoveries in my own life. I’ve often questioned my path, even as I’ve zig-zagged over it, but have finally come to a place in my life where I feel like I’m in the right place, at the right time, serving the right audience.

And the right audience, frankly, is whoever finds value in what I create. Yes, I’ve primarily served musicians and creatives over the years, but I know that I’ve positively impacted entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and consultants too.

I’ve attempted to create different opportunities for different audiences over the years, but now seems as good a time as any to bring it all under one umbrella again.

A lot of this clicked for me as I was putting together the new testimonials module on Music Entrepreneur HQ:

Music Entrepreneur HQ testimonials

I’ve helped a lot of people accomplish different things. Why would I hide this fact? Doesn’t it add to my reputation?

This is not the David Andrew Wiebe show, mind you. The reason I bring it up is because perhaps you’re due for a refresh as well.

Maybe your project queue has become a tangled mess and it’s time to lop off the bothersome, effort-intensive, low-reward ones that are sucking the very life force out of you.

I’m a big believer of this, by the way, and should you take the time to read a couple of my favorite books – The 4-Hour Workweek and Book Yourself Solid – you’ll note the same sentiments echoed within.

As I’ve discovered, you aren’t obligated to anything – only what you’ve obligated yourself to. Anything can be accomplished in communication, including your intention to quit, resign, give up, or lay off.

Make things simpler. Make the game winnable. In the short-term, it will require a high degree of thought and concentration (simplicity isn’t always easy). In the long run, you’ll save countless hours of anguish.

So, welcome to the revised and streamlined weekly digest.

New Value-Packed Blog Posts & Podcast Episodes

Here’s what I created for you this week. Click on the headlines that pique your interest.

Music Entrepreneur HQ on Social Media

Here’s a unique, value-adding piece we shared on social media this week:

New artist: Single or album?

Must-Have Resource

There’s a personal development program I’ve been through three times, and each time I go through it, I learn more about myself and what matters most to me. I’ve also been able to improve my health, grow my business, and challenge myself intellectually.

The name of the program is The Gold Within.

Any artist looking to get clear on the impact and difference they want to make in the world (their brand) should go through The Gold Within program at least once.

The Gold Within

Final Thoughts

Thank you for your creativity and generosity. I’m rooting for you.

All the Results You’ve Ever Gotten

All the Results You’ve Ever Gotten

Can be traced back to a conversation you’ve had.

Your relationships. Your financial situation. Your business, your fitness level, your well-being.

It all lives in conversation.

This may not be immediately apparent, because we think of conversations as things to be had with others. But it’s crucial to realize we also have conversations with ourselves.

As human beings, our thoughts are predominantly negative, so we’ve perpetuated conversations like “I’m not attractive,” “I’m broke,” “I’m fat and unhealthy,” and so on.

This is what’s familiar. But if you never challenge the familiar, you will always live in it. Conversations won’t change, and therefore, outcomes won’t change either.

What would it look like to transform your speaking? What conversations would you have instead of the ones you’re already having? What would you create if you were unlimited?

I’m not talking about positive affirmations. Those have their place but are limited in their usefulness. I used to speak out positive affirmations for months and years without divine intervention.

A good way to start a new conversation is, “What I’m creating is…” followed by whatever it is you’re creating – better health, more abundance, spiritual connection, or otherwise. And don’t be afraid to be specific. The more specific, the better.

You aren’t required to participate in all the conversations being had by others. You can choose the conversations you want to have, based on the world you want to create. And if there’s something you want to create, it would be prudent to adopt this new practice immediately.

Make it your goal to pay attention to your conversations for a full day. Don’t resist. Simply observe. Then note any changes you would make to your conversations based on what you’ve decided you want to create newly.

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New Homepage Layout at Music Entrepreneur HQ

New Homepage Layout at Music Entrepreneur HQ

If you’ve visited Music Entrepreneur HQ recently, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been giving the site a facelift… slowly but surely.

Most recently, we put a little muscle into the new homepage layout.

We are still thinking about whether to add additional modules. If we were, we would probably create a module for the podcast, as well as a module that talks more about me.

What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here are a few screenshots of the new homepage layout:

Music Entrepreneur HQ above the fold

Music Entrepreneur HQ featured book

Music Entrepreneur HQ testimonials

Music Entrepreneur HQ latest posts

Music Entrepreneur HQ footer

My favorite thing about the new layout is the testimonials. We’ve framed it as “what high-performing musicians, creatives, industry executives, and entrepreneurs are saying about David and Music Entrepreneur HQ.”

We used to have this all separated out into different avenues and channels. This time, we brought it all together.

This feels truer to me. It’s not just musicians I’ve been able to help. I’ve contributed to executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives too.

We’ve got more work to do, but gradually the site is evolving into a simplified, streamlined version of its former self, which is what we wanted.

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